Connected Beginnings

Connected Beginnings helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children prepare for school. The program contributes to objectives under Closing the Gap.

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About the program

Each year about $12 million is available to integrate early childhood, maternal and child health, and family support services with schools in selected communities. 

By providing greater access to these services, we help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to be healthy, safe and ready to thrive at school. 

Through the program we:

  • provide outreach so more Indigenous families get involved in early childhood services
  • bring early childhood and health services together to make them easier to access 
  • improve sharing of information so families only have to tell their story once.

Non-Indigenous families in identified communities may also benefit from the program.

Current projects

We identify communities who would benefit most from the program through consultation and data, such as Australian Early Development Census data.

We invite one organisation in each community to lead the program in that area. 

The Connected Beginnings projects currently underway are:

Location   Grant recipient Backbone agency
Alice Springs NT   Northern Territory Department of Education Braitling Primary School
Tennant Creek NT   Northern Territory Department of Education Tennant Creek Primary School
Galiwin'ku NT   Shepherdson College NT Shepherdson College
Angurugu NT   Northern Territory Department of Education Angurugu School
Doomadgee QLD   Save the Children Australia Dumaji Children and Family Centre
Ceduna SA   South Australian Department for Education and Child Development Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre
Port Augusta SA   Uniting Country SA Limited Uniting Country SA Limited
Mildura VIC   Mildura Primary School Mildura Primary School
Doonside NSW   Growing Potential Limited Trading as Children First Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child and Family Centre
Mount Druitt NSW   Ngroo Education Incorporated Ngroo Education
Kalgoorlie WA   Wanslea Family Services Incorporated Wanslea Family Services
Bridgewater/Gagebrook TAS   Tasmanian Department of Education Tagari Lia Child and Family Centre
Taree NSW   NSW Department of Education  Taree Public School
Derby WA   World Vision Australia World Vision Australia
Bourke NSW   Bourke & District Children’s Services Bourke & District Children’s Services
Roebourne WA   Department of Communities Department of Communities
Rasmussen QLD   Community Gro Incorporated Community Gro

More information

The Connected Beginnings Program Guidelines outline more information. 

If you are successful applying for a grant, you must enter into a grant agreement. View a sample grant agreement.

The program is jointly funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the Department of Health. Visit the Department of Health website for more information.

If you have more questions about the program, email